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First Church in France´s Brittany Region in the Twenty First Century

By • Mar 5, 2018

The Church of Saint Jacques de la Lande is a unique project completed by the Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira, and is the first church built in France’s Brittany region in the twenty first century. The church is located in a neighborhood south of Rennes, in a residential area with five storey housing blocks. This presented a challenge for the architect when it came to integrating the new structure with the surrounding urban area.

Modern building in white
Church surrounded by the calm waters of the Canal

The building is distributed across two levels, and its most outstanding feature is the circular shape on its façade, which can hold up to 120 people, freeing up the first floor to be used for administrative and social areas. The cylinder has an outer diameter of almost 15 meters, and has an interior of 256 square meters with a ceiling measuring 12 meters high. The Parish Center is located on the first level, while the church proper is on the second floor. A basement covering a ground area of nearly 100 square meters is used to house the technical and storage areas.

Cylindrical area of the building
Wide and white interior
Interior with modern ceilings
Area of the Altar in wood

The interior is immaculate and luminous, with walls done in pure white and left bare and unadorned. This automatically grants the space an air of serenity and peace that creates a perfect place in which to pray, meditate, and contemplate life.

Entire view of the Church with high and white ceilings
Sculptures placed in the interior of the Church
Stairs in marble
Stairs in marble
Internal zone of the second level
Reading area in wood
/ Internal spaces with white marble floors
Internal spaces with glass walls
Studio area with furniture in wood
Wooden chairs with round table
Modern furniture in wood
Furniture in wood
Night exterior view of the Church
Night view

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